Vantage Point was founded in 2017 by Morgan Mercer, a two-time survivor of sexual violence. In 2016, Morgan took a trip to hear Vantage Point's now-advisor Sara Elizabeth Dill speak at a TEDxMonte Carlo talk about women as weapons of war. After the TED talk, Morgan, Sara, and various other speakers engaged in a conversation about education surrounding sexual violence. The unifying perspective raised by both men, and women, was that nobody knew how to identify core intervention points, nobody know what the appropriate actions to take in an intervention were, and nobody knew how to respond even if somebody came forward with their story of harassment, assault, or any form of sexual violence. After relating this to her own personal experience of sharing her experiences with her friends and community, Morgan realized that society lacked proper education around the topic. Morgan, realizing the power Virtual Reality (VR) could have in reshaping the way the topic is approached and recognizing the level of empowerment individuals could be given through training with the medium, decided to start Vantage Point.
About The Name
The Women in XR Venture Fund
In Partnership With:
The Silence Breakers Nonprofit Organization
VANTAGE point spokespoerson:
Katherine Kendall - sexual violence activist and the 3rd to speak out against Harvey Weinstein